On October 16, 2019, the session Economic and social consequences of employing foreigners. Scenarios for the future took place. The session was part of the European Congress of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, organized for the tenth time in Katowice by the Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The session was organized as part of the Engage2Prevent program implemented jointly by the Alumni Association and the Silesian Branch of the Border Guard (Racibórz). The goal of the Engage2Prevent project is to create an innovative mechanism facilitating the legal employment of foreigners in the Śląskie, Małopolskie and Opolskie voivodships. It is also the development of cooperation tools between government institutions and civic partners aiming to increase the effectiveness of employee protection. The project envisages the involvement of experts working in public and private institutions who work for the integration of immigrants in this part of Poland.

During the session the speakers were:
Irena Lebiedzińska, director of the Poviat Labor Office in Opole,
Dariusz Nadkaniec, superintendent of the District Labor Inspectorate in Katowice,
Adam Spyra, director of the Department of Citizens’ Affairs and Foreigners of the Małopolska Voivodship Office,
Capt. Przemysław Starczewski, Deputy Commander of the Border Guard Post in Katowice-Pyrzowice,
Prof. Jolanta Tambor, director of the School of Polish Language and Culture of the University of Silesia, proxy of the Rector of the University of Silesia for Foreign Students,
Krzysztof Zębala, head of the Department of Personal Movement, Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Katowice.

The participants of the session were Polish and foreign entrepreneurs, scientists, leaders of business and social organizations, for whom the topics discussed were a pressing problem of recent months and years. The heated discussion during the part intended for the public showed that the problem of employing entrepreneurs by Polish companies is important in many areas and cannot be solved in one public debate.

Special thanks for conducting this session to Capt. Przemysław Starczewski from the Border Guard, who is also a member of our Association.